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12th Apr '17 4:18:42 PM nighttrainfm
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* Fire Lord Ozai in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', as well as the Fire Lords before him since Sozin. Firebending isn't unique to the royal family, but it does show up with unusual consistency when it's usually completely random, and they're often much stronger than average.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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Fire Lord Ozai in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Ozai, as well as the Fire Lords before him since Sozin. Firebending isn't unique to the royal family, but it does show up with unusual consistency when it's usually completely random, and they're often much stronger than average.
12th Apr '17 11:22:25 AM iowaforever
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* Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is a shapeshifting EldritchAbomination who conquered the world after flinging the titular samurai far into the future. Aku rules Earth and a few planets beyond with an iron fist, and is more than eager to smite any fool that dares rise up against him.
7th Mar '17 11:06:28 AM nighttrainfm
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* TheEmperor from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' is a textbook example.

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TheEmperor from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' is a textbook example.



*** BigBad Sorceress Ultimecia of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' rules over an uncertain future, can possess sorceresses in the past (which is when the game takes place), can create monsters and corrupt [=GFs=], and said GF is one of eight monster guardians in her castle whose job it is to stop the opposing [=SeeDs=] from being able to put up much of a fight against her in the FinalBoss fight of the game. Oh, and she can create [=GFs=] and spells herself. Her goal: compress time into a single singularity, though it's never clearly stated why she wants this.

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*** ** BigBad Sorceress Ultimecia of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' rules over an uncertain future, can possess sorceresses in the past (which is when the game takes place), can create monsters and corrupt [=GFs=], and said GF is one of eight monster guardians in her castle whose job it is to stop the opposing [=SeeDs=] from being able to put up much of a fight against her in the FinalBoss fight of the game. Oh, and she can create [=GFs=] and spells herself. Her goal: compress time into a single singularity, though it's never clearly stated why she wants this.
7th Mar '17 11:04:18 AM nighttrainfm
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* Kulan Gath from the ''ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian'' and ''Comicbook/RedSonja'' comics.
** Most of Conan's foes, actually.
* Doctor Doom is a fusion of this trope and EmperorScientist. He started out relying almost exclusively on science, but over time began utilizing his innate talent for magic as well.

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* Kulan Gath from the ''ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian'' and ''Comicbook/RedSonja'' comics.
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comics. Most of Conan's foes, actually.
* Doctor Doom ComicBook/DoctorDoom is a fusion of this trope and EmperorScientist. He started out relying almost exclusively on science, but over time began utilizing his innate talent for magic as well.



* ''ComicBook/XMen''.

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25th Feb '17 4:31:39 PM nombretomado
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* Di Barrow in ''TheFiveStarStories'' is a former EvilChancellor who managed to become the sorcerous overlord of a country. And then it turns out he's just a host body for the ancient wizard Bosjathfort, who plans to become overlord of the galaxy.

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* Di Barrow in ''TheFiveStarStories'' ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'' is a former EvilChancellor who managed to become the sorcerous overlord of a country. And then it turns out he's just a host body for the ancient wizard Bosjathfort, who plans to become overlord of the galaxy.
19th Feb '17 6:00:04 PM ConnorMcLay
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* High Priest Zagato ''appears'' to be this in the first part of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. When the heroines arrive in the world of Cephiro, he has apparently imprisoned [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Emeraude]], the rightful ruler, and instigated an iron-fisted reign of terror enforced by both his minions and his own tremendous magical ability. It turns out to be a bit more complicated than that. [[spoiler:The short version is that Zagato is in love with Emeraude, who reciprocates, but is distressed because the continued existence of Cephiro requires its ruler's constant singleminded prayers for its peace and stability. When her thoughts start drifting more and more towards Zagato rather than her duty, she imprisons herself and summons the heroines to come and kill her (both because [[ICannotSelfTerminate she is unable to commit suicide]] and because her selfish thoughts will eventually create a SuperPoweredEvilSide that will annihilate the world before it has a chance to select a replacement ruler). Zagato, finding the whole setup extremely unfair (to say the least) amasses power, followers, and a reputation as a SorcerousOverlord on purpose in an attempt to keep the heroines from fulfilling their mission in an attempt to flip the world that denies his love a giant middle finger.]]

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* High Priest Zagato ''appears'' to be this in the first part of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. When the heroines arrive in the world of Cephiro, he has apparently imprisoned [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Emeraude]], the rightful ruler, and instigated an iron-fisted reign of terror enforced by both his minions and his own tremendous magical ability. It turns out to be a bit more complicated than that. [[spoiler:The short version is that Zagato is in love with Emeraude, who reciprocates, but is distressed because the continued existence of Cephiro requires its ruler's constant singleminded prayers for its peace and stability. When her thoughts start drifting more and more towards Zagato rather than her duty, she imprisons herself and summons the heroines to come and kill her (both because [[ICannotSelfTerminate she is unable to commit suicide]] and because her selfish thoughts will eventually create a SuperPoweredEvilSide that will annihilate the world before it has a chance to select a replacement ruler). Zagato, finding the whole setup extremely unfair (to say the least) amasses power, followers, and a reputation as a SorcerousOverlord on purpose in an attempt to keep the heroines from fulfilling their mission in an attempt to flip the world that denies his love a giant middle finger.]]finger.
* In the light novel, anime and manga {{Overlord}}, VillainProtagonist Ainz is a very, very rare example of a protagonist being this trope.
6th Feb '17 4:46:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'':
** Sauron is probably the TropeCodifier, having vast supernatural abilities beyond being a nigh-unstoppable warrior in his TinTyrant shape, as he's essentially an angelic being who was corrupted by his cruelty and lust for power.

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** Sauron is probably the TropeCodifier, having vast supernatural abilities beyond being a nigh-unstoppable warrior in his TinTyrant shape, as he's essentially [[FallenAngel an angelic being who was corrupted corrupted]] by his cruelty and lust for power.
5th Feb '17 3:01:53 AM jameygamer
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* Jafar in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' manages to work his way up to the trope full-time for the last act of the film. He is already a talented wizard at the start and hypnotizes the Sultan, being a DragonInChief, but once he gets the Genie's magic lamp, he wishes himself Sultan, and then wishes himself as the most powerful sorcerer. IN THE WORLD!!! His third wish, however, turns him into a Genie himself after he's goaded by Aladdin, which traps him in a lamp.
24th Jan '17 7:11:27 AM RobTan
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** Just for reference, it's entirely possible for one of a pair of identical twins to be a bender while the other is not, and even being the offspring of the Avatar and one of the most powerful waterbenders ever won't guarantee you bending powers, yet every prince and princess of the Fire Nation is throwing fireballs before puberty.
23rd Jan '17 6:50:45 AM Chabal2
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* ''VideoGame/StarcraftI'': Sarah Kerrigan was originally a Ghost (psionic humans trained to use their powers for assassinations) before being captured and remolded by the Zerg into the Queen of Blades. At that point, she was still more of a melee MagicKnight even after taking over the Swarm (her powers limited to cloaking, summoning electricity and eating her troops to regain energy), the "sorcerous" part comes across further in the expansion, where she [[spoiler:mind-controls a Dark Protoss matriarch across several light-years]] and manipulates her enemies into attacking each other. Then in ''Videogame/HeartOfTheSwarm'', she's [[spoiler:briefly depowered before being re-powered by the Primal Zerg]], giving her a lot more psionic abilities (including the equivalent of a Terran nuke) to give her the power she needs to fight [[spoiler:the rogue Xel'naga in ''VideoGame/LegacyOfTheVoid'' by turning into a burning, flying angelic figure]], eventually [[spoiler:AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ([[EarnYourHappyEnding and taking Jim Raynor with her]])]].
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